A car struck a tree, and the crash tied up traffic on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Wednesday morning. Kathryn Retmier, age 55, of West Tisbury, was driving a 2007 Mercury Mountaineer that went off the road near Engley’s Field, just east of Pond Road West, according to West Tisbury Police Sergeant Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter. Speed was not a factor, Sergeant Manter told The Times Wednesday afternoon. Asked if Ms. Retmier had been cited for a traffic violation, he said, “That particular matter is still under investigation, as we have not been able to speak to the operator at this time.”
The West Tisbury Police Department, fire/rescue squad, and Tri-County Ambulance responded after a 9:09 am call, Sergeant Manter said. First responders used rescue tools to get the driver’s side door open and Ms. Retmier out of the vehicle, because of severe damage to its front end. She was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital by Tri-County Ambulance.
A child, approximately three years old and in a child safety seat in back, was uninjured, Sergeant Manter said. “I think the police would like to underscore the importance of seatbelts and airbags in this particular incident, which seemed to make a big difference in the injuries sustained,” he added.
Several Island police departments assisted. Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain happened to be driving nearby and was one of the first on the scene, along with Sergeant Manter, West Tisbury police Chief Dan Rossi, and West Tisbury police officer Jim Neville.
The Edgartown and Chilmark Police Departments also responded and helped the West Tisbury police control traffic and close a portion of Edgartown-West Tisbury Road between Old County and Airport roads during the rescue operation, Sergeant Manter noted.